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Local Government Services: Essex

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will hold discussions with Essex County Council on its proposals to outsource services and delivery support functions. (259623)

The Department has no plans to discuss with Essex county council any procurement exercise that may be proposed on service delivery. Subject to their legal duties, including the duty of best value and public procurement law, local authorities are responsible for taking their own procurement decisions. In doing so, they will have regard to available guidance, including that on work force matters.